There are reports of widespread flooding and some damage in Trinidad and Tobago after Tropical Storm Bret struck the twin-island republic overnight.
The storm made landfall on southern Trinidad early Tuesday morning with maximum sustained winds of 40mph.
There are reports of torn roofs, downed trees and fallen utility poles in both Trinidad and Tobago.
Thousands of residents are reported to be without power.
Roofs were uprooted at Gadjadhar Street, Sangre Chiquito and Pluck Road, Penal, according to the Trinidad Guardian.
The news service also reported that trees had “crashed in remote Matelot, in the Northeastern fishing village as rescue crews responded to clear the debris and restore power in a co-ordinated effort involving several agencies.”
Flash floods were reported in low lying areas, some homes were flooded, and there were power outages across many parts of the islands as a result of fallen utility poles, the Trinidad Express reports.
All Schools, government offices and banks are to remain shut Tuesday as officials begin to assess the damage.
There are no reports, so far, coming out of Grenada.
The Tropical Storm Warning was discontinued for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada at 5:00AM Tuesday, but Tropical Storm Bret is still bringing heavy rain and damaging winds to much of Trinidad and Tobago, according to reports.
Bret is expected to skirt the coast of Venezuela, later today, with an eventual landfall on the coastal part of Venezuela’s Península de Paria National Park, a rural and mostly uninhibited part of the region.
Later on Tuesday and into Wednesday, it will be the islands of Curacao and Aruba that will be threatened by the tropical storm.
Once the storm passes, it’s expected to begin to weaken and dissipate in the central Caribbean Sea.